In Darwin’s Footsteps

Following Charles Darwin, tour, hobart, tasmania

In Darwin’s Footsteps

A series of short leisurely walks retracing Charles Darwin’s climb

Our short walks will include the gorgeous Myrtle Gully for a short stroll; right amongst the towering tree ferns beside the trail witnessed by Charles Darwin during his first failed attempt to ascend kunanyi. After a short drive, will will enjoy another short walk out to the Octopus Tree; an enormous Eucalyptus tree with a leggy root system hugging a giant boulder. Yep, just like an octopus!

At the Springs we will relax and enjoy a hot drink and snack. After winding up the road we will reach the summit of kunanyi / Mt Wellington where we will take in the sights of Hobart and beyond, marvelling at the range of environments that the mountain offers from the coastal through to the alpine plateau. The tour will finish back in Hobart.

The Details

tour duration

3.5 hours (1.30pm to 5pm)

walk duration

1.5 hours



elevation gain

50m for each short walk






Saturday Afternoon




Included unless self drive preferred

catered meals and snacks

Pastries, fresh fruit, tea and coffee.

choose this walk if

You are after a relaxing sight seeing visit to kunanyi and/or have limited walking experience

fitness level required

You can walk for 3km on uneven ground with some breaks

family friendly?

Yes. Dogs welcome but will require guests to use own transport.

essential personal gear

Raincoat, drink bottle, warm layer, personal medication.

requirement for doctor's letter

If you are aged over 72, have a heart condition, recent chest pain when exercising, or bone/joint illness which affects your ability to exercise, you must provide a doctor's letter to confirm that you are able to complete this walk.

appropriate footwear 

Supportive walking shoes with firm treaded soles. Dress shoes, high heels, and casual sandals or similar footwear are not appropriate footwear.

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